I have often found it hard to wrap my head around the needs of a specific season unless we are in it. In the winter we think of firewood and water-proofing and row covers in the garden. In the summer we think if staying cool, of course, but there is one resource at the forefront of our days: water.
I think about it when I fill the sink a little lower every day for dishes. I think about it when we fill water filters and animal troughs. I think about it when doing laundry at home no longer seems a wise option. I think of it as we water the garden less and less the further we get from a rain. And we think of it more and more as we continue to add animals who also need more water. So it was a good time of year to rent a backhoe and really focus on the needs of the land, animals, and people in regard to water.
After doing this a few times now, I’ve found that it is a very intense time of work trying to make the most of this resource we’ve been given… but it’s also very exciting. We store up ideas and projects over the years, in the event that the Lord makes a way for a tool such as this, and then we dig.
This time some of the projects Stewart was able to do include: dig outhouse holes, expand our existing pond, swale a portion of the pasture, dig out a root cellar hole, dig out a much larger pond for the animals on the pasture, and mix all of those remaining hay bales into the chicken field garden.
We are very grateful the Lord provided a means to move forward on these projects and we look forward to seeing what He has next for us.